Depart central London by comfortable, air-conditioned coach and journey into the English countryside.
As you travel, put on your state-of-the-art Vox headphones so you can clearly hear the commentary from your informative guide. Learn about the history of Oxford and Cambridge, and keep your headset on for both city walking tours so you can hear your guide even if you wander aside for photos.
On arrival in Oxford, enjoy a guided look at the honey-stoned college buildings of this famous 'city of dreaming spires.' Absorb the sense of tradition as you stroll through the elegant streets; hear about alumni such as the former US president, Bill Clinton; and see the picture-perfect quadrangles of Christchurch College, where some scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed. Wander past the buildings of the famous Bodleian library, one of Europe’s oldest libraries, and contemplate the symmetry of some of the most handsome college courtyards.
Next, venture east through rolling countryside to the university city of Cambridge, prettily situated on the Cam River. On route, hear how Cambridge University was founded in 1209, and uncover the long-held scholarly rivalry between it and its Oxford counterpart.
When you arrive, enjoy a guided tour of the best of the university buildings, many of them rising up from the greenery along the Cam, whose waters are a favored punting spot of students and visitors.
Head for King's College, founded in 1441 by King Henry VI, and marvel at its magnificent chapel. This soaring building is considered one of the greatest examples of late Gothic English architecture, and is a treasured emblem of the city.
Admire the views over the Cam, and check out other architectural showpieces, including the Bridge of Sighs. This stunning, 19th-century covered bridge is named after Venice’s Bridge of Sighs, and links the Third Court and New Court of St John’s College. Stroll further around the quaint streets and passageways to see other handsome buildings, and listen to their stories and secrets as recounted by your guide.
Afterward, return to London and end your tour with a drop-off at the start point.